Dutch developer Guerrilla Games pulled the curtain on some saddening news as E3 2019 came to a close. The studio announced that its lead producer Patrick Munnik passed away. He was just 44 years old.
The news landed early morning Thursday, June 13. The Horizon Zero Dawn developers took to Twitter to deliver the news, saying Munnik is "no longer with us" and that the studio is "eternally grateful" for his contributions to the team.
It is with great shock and sadness we inform you that our lead producer Patrick Munnik is no longer with us. We are eternally grateful to have had our greatly valued and much loved Patrick on our team. pic.twitter.com/IpeNvSMmht— Guerrilla (@Guerrilla) June 13, 2019
Herman Hulst, Guerrilla's co-founder and managing director, shared his heartache on Twitter as well, calling Munnik a "reassuring presence" whose great humor and friendship "will be sorely missed by our entire team."
According to a GamesIndustry.Biz report, Munnik joined Guerrilla in 2011, holding the role of senior producer for the duration of his time with the company. He worked on both Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone: Shadow Fall.